Stable - reed is NOT flat, crows a C
Flexible - warm, deep and wide range of colors to the sound
Responsive - easily in all octaves
100% handmade and tested by myself. American Style professional-level reeds, short V-shaped tip-- slightly horizontal-- supportive rails and spin with a smooth scrape with a slight distinction between the heart and back. I only sell reeds that I would use in a concert, which means I put in great time and effort into every reed, slowly crafting them from start to finish over several sitting and drying periods, to settle the cane.
Healthy resistance is the key to promoting healthy playing habits:
The reed holds itself and needs just the most delicate interaction with the embouchure and corners to create a beautiful, sweet, deep and rich sound. My reeds promote healthy embouchure/air support habits, with pitch-stability in the high and low register, as well as a healthy resistance. My reeds are built to play and respond well with both great and minimal air pressure.
The Sensitive Reed:
Reeds are very sensitive!! They can change with moisture, dry weather, temperature, altitude, and various other factors. These changes can take place over a long and/or short periods of time. These changes can also take place during the reed journey to you. **It is important to understand that this might imply that you adjust the reed when it arrives, so that the reeds playing characteristics match your personal desires. The reed is not over scrapped and there is room for clipping. ***Please feel free to contact me directly, I will help guide you on where to take cane off and how much to take off, while you are making your reed adjustments.
The Cane Quality:
ALL my reeds
use high quality Rigotti Cane, hand selected, gouged and shaped by myself. The "Professional" Oboe Reed uses cane that has a slight "u" shape, to create "tight
corners". The "Advanced Student" Oboe Reed uses straight oboe cane. I do not use cane that is shaped as a "bridge", poor quality cane will create a poor quality opening and create many problems
in the reed.
"Professional" versus "Advanced Student" Oboe Reeds:
"Professional" Oboe Reed uses a natural cork oboe staple with cane that is extremely high in quality. The "Advanced Student" Oboe Reed uses a synthetic cork oboe staple with high quality
I strongly believe that oboe students (at any age) should have good reed to play on. Many of the reeds I have seen that my students are playing on before they study with me, are of poor quality, which creates many more obstacles on their learning journey.
Why are my reeds so expensive compared to other reeds?
I make every reed as if it was for me! I work on every reed over several days. I believe in working slowly on a reed, scraping cane little by little, wetting and drying the reed so that the cane settles in. I never create a reed in one sitting, I believe this type of reed will require a lot of breaking in time and might be unpredictable. I like to make sure that every reed is a stable reed that I can play on, in the chamber, solo and orchestra setting. I like my reeds to play freely with very little air, soft dynamics with a guitarist, as well as be able to play with a lot of air, needed to project in an orchestra.
Shipment of reeds…
I use corrugated mailer boxes, which are crush proof. I place the reeds in a special triangular tube that has the end of the reed inserted into the top, preventing any contact from the tip of the reed to the end of the tube. **If reeds are placed incorrectly into the tubes, they will break. The end of the reed must be inserted firmly into the top. (Please contact me directly if you are mailing reeds to me).
My reeds are guaranteed to have no structural deficiencies. **Please be advised, I do not refund or exchange reeds unless they have a defect in their construction.